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ISM). I mn here only state very briefly the reasons which appear to me d ecisive in favour of this latter hypothOHis. t. e agreed on all handa that the q u estion must be decided by the authority of Polybius alone : neither Livy n or any later writer having any clear understanding of the s ubject. Now it is certain that Polybiua does not intimate that there wu in his day any doubt about the matter: he deaoribes the march in consider­ able detail, and notices the special natural features and obataoles which had any marked infiuence on its incidents, evidently &881lming that tbeee were we ll known.

The whole distance by aet1 from the Straits of Gibraltar to the mouth of the Pains MEOtis he reckoned at 3437 miles, following the most direct course that was possible. euggsation, the origin of which we The cliatance are 1111&hle to explain. prellion " portum Horinorum � " b the port from which men tnded with Britain, ii lingu1ar: but thil probably heloup to PliD7 and � to Polybi111. Nora A. POLYBIUS. 37 NOTE A, p. 22. a of a note to attempt the di8Culllrion of the much disp uted queetion of the paaaage of the Alps by Han­ nibal.

A position, in regard to the trade with the Euxine and the Palus Mmotis, is one of the most valuable that has been left us from anti quity. ' His inference, that from the great amount of alluvial deposit brought down by the numerous rivers Bowing into the · • iv. S8. l"1t. -, iv. 40). , of the other at 22,0UO (iv. 89). a lllRI and extent. • Polyb. iv. 89-42. 8SICT. 2. POLYBIUS. Euxine and Palus Mreotis, the former sea would gradually become shoal, as the latter was already in his day,1 and that both would eventually be filled up-was unquestionably cor­ rect in theory ; but he seems to have greatly overrated the rapidity of the process, chiefly from not having made sufficient allowance for the great depth of the Black Sea.

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